Queen Size Aqueduct 2021
solo exhibition mhPROJECTnyc
part one (day): March 29-April 4: open during gallery hours as an installation
part two (night): April 10-27: eight performance events, 20 minutes
fabric, pvc pipes, flash lights, foam sheets
choreographer, performer and garments Ye'ela Wilschanski
curator: Mayumi Hayashi
performance video and photos: Maya Baran
exhibition walkthrough video : Michelle O’Connell
Queen Size Aqueduct is made of nine garments hanging on three walls of a cube. The footprint of the cube is a queen size mattress, and its height is the artist’s height. The fabric inside is pale pink with soft shelves located at the chest and pelvis. The outside is white, and partially quilted with a brick pattern.
While sheltering in place, Wilschanski worked from her room using the space above her mattress to prepare for this installation. She gradually sewed the garments around her, working on it during the day and dreaming within it at night. Inspired by ancient water transferring structures from her childhood landscapes and from the intestines inside a body, the connected garments contain a yearning for a continually dynamic flow. These garments for sleep, appreciate the subtle but crucial movements that happen while the body is in stillness.